Wine Classes

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OTTO hosts wine classes twice weekly. These fun and educational experiences are hosted at the standing high-top tables in the front of the restaurant (the Enoteca). Each class includes tastes of five wines (three reds and two whites, unless otherwise noted) and lasts approximately 90 minutes. To complement our selection of wines, classes include the chef’s selection of artisanal cheeses and house-cured meats. All classes are led by a Sommelier from OTTO’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic wine team. For reference, all classes are $60 per person, unless otherwise noted. Please be advised that class prices are exclusive of gratuity.

To make a reservation in a public wine class, please email vino@ottopizzeria.com or call the restaurant at 212.995.9559. 

Saturday Afternoon Classes at 2:00pm  

Austrian Invasion (November 18th)
This is all about Trentino-Alto Adige. Being so far to the north of Italy, this region has been extremely influenced by its Austrian neighbors. From the grapes they use to the food and culture you find in this region, we’ll show just how much this bordering country has affected Italy.
TIEFENBRUNNER, GEWURZTRAMINER, 2015
KETTMEIR, MULLER THURGAU, 2015
KUENHOF, KAITON, 2016
TRAMIN, PINOT NERO, 2016
MARINUSHOF, ZWEIGELT, 2015

Traditionalists: The Craziest of Italian Wine Producers (November 25th) -$75 
They have been called many things; stubborn, crazy, a benchmark, “The Last of the Mohicans.” In this class we’ll show some of the great producers of this style that refuse to change their ways and insist that a wine should taste of the grape, terroir, and should not be masked by anything in the winemaking process.
MARIOTTO, TIMORASSO, 2013
RONCHI DI CIALLA, CIALLA BIANCO, 2014
CALABRETTA, VIGNE VECCHIE, 2007
ROAGNA, LANGHE ROSSO, 2011
MARION, VALPOLICELLA, 2012

The Wines Behind the Restaurant (December 2nd)
Over the years within their growing empire, you stop to think about what has come to make Mario and Joe’s restaurants so successful. It’s the warmth of the service, high quality of food, and of course, great wine to go along with these two. In this class we’ll dive into Joe Bastianich’s start in the wine world and taste some of his wines that have truly made him a success. 
FLOR, PROSECCO DI TREVISO, NV
BASTIANICH FRIULANO, 2016
BASTIANICH, REFOSCO ROSATO, 2016
LA MOZZA, I PERAZZI, 2015
BASTIANICH, VESPA ROSSO, 2013

Terroir Driven Sangiovese (December 9th)
From white, to rose, to most notably, red wine, sangiovese has become one of the most versatile and well known grapes throughout all of  Italy. We’ll taste through some amazing wines that truly show the depth and adaptability this grape has, that makes it so well respected.
SESTI, SANGIOVESE ROSATO, 2016
NOELIA RICCI, 2015
VILLA BUCCI, PONGELLI, 2013
CASTELL’ IN VILLA, CHIANTI CLASSICO, 2012
SIRO PACENTI, ROSSO DI MONTALCINO,2015

The King and Queen of Piemonte (December 16th) $140 
Barolo and Barbaresco. Two of the most intimidating, yet seductive and intriguing names when it comes to Italian wine. Although both coming from the same grape, nebbiolo, they can show amazing differences based on the soil type and climate alone, and are truly worth diving into.
PODERI ROSET, MONVIGLIERO, 2009
OLEK BONDONIO, BARBARESCO, 2009
ERALDO VIBERTI, BAROLO, 2007
PAITIN, SORI PAITIN, 2004
PARUSO, MARIONDINO, 2004

Seven Fishes (December 23rd)
Being Christmas Eve, Italians will usually celebrate tonight with the Feast of the Seven Fishes. While the focus is certainly centered around the food and being together with family, who’s to say you shouldn’t have great wine as well? We’ll give you some great ideas on how to pair you fish feast with the perfect (even red) wine to make tonight even more special.
ANTICA FRATTA, FRANCIACORTA, NV
EDI KEBER, COLLIO BIANCO, 2015
TERRE BIANCHE, VERMENTINO, 2016
AL CANTARA, NERELLO CAPPUCCIO, 2014
MACCARIO DRINGENBERG, ROSSESE DI DOLCEACQUA, 2016

Ring in the New Year With Bubbles (December 30th) – $75
As we ring in the New Year, what is mandated to be in your hand? That’s right, bubbles! Let us help you select the perfect Italian sparkler to cheers with tonight as you look back as what has certainly been an amazing year. 
FLOR, PROSECCO DI TREVISO, NV
SANTA MARIA LA PALMA, VERMENTINO, NV
CA’ DEL BOSCO, CUVEE PRESTIGE, NV
SCACCIADIAVOLI, SAGRANTINO ROSATO, NV
VIETTI, VIVACE, 2015

The Approachable Part of Piemonte (January 6th) – $75
While Barolo and Barbaresco are synonymous with Piemonte, everyone seems to neglect other small regions in the area. Just to the north of these Italian giants are regions that can often show more approachable and ready at a younger age in comparison to their well-known counterparts.
LA MIRAJA, RUCHE, 2016
NERVI, GATTINARA, 2012
SPERINO, UVAGGIO, 2013
TENUTE SELLA, I PORFIDI, 2008
ROVELLOTTI, CHIOSO DEI POMI, 2009

Baby It’s Still Cold Outside (January 13th)
 The bell of the new year may have rung, but it’s still incredibly cold outside. With this, we’ll be tasting some heavier and bolder style wines to keep you bolstered through the remainder of the season.
CASTELLO DELLA SALA, ORVIETO, 2015
FELSINA, I SISTRI, 2014
BUSSOLA, CA’ DEL LAITO, 2013
SAN MARTINO, SIIR, 2013
CAPEZZANA, CARMIGNANO, 2012

 Cornerstones of Italian Wine (January 20th) $140
While Italians have been making wine for centuries now, there are a few prestigious estates that have really put their respective regions on the map. We will dive into everything from their stories, the region itself, and just how they’ve achieved greatness in every bottle.
CA’ DEL BOSCO, DOSAGE ZERO, 2001
FIORANO, BIANCO, 1993
PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO, RIO SARDO, 2011
ISOLE E OLENA, CEPPARELLO, 2013
PAOLO BEA, PIPPARELLO, 2009

Warm Memories (January 27th)
With the cold still bearing down on us here in New York City, we think we’re all in need of some warmer beach time. To put us in that mood, we’ll taste through some coastal wine that will make you feel like you have your feet in the sand already.
BARDELLINI, VERMENTINO, 2015
JANKARA, VERMENTINO, 2015
BENANTI, ROSSO DI VERZELLA, 2014
MUSTO CARMELITANO, SERRA DEL PRETE, 2012
SANTADI, ROCCA RUBIA, 2013

 

     Tuesday Evening Classes at 6:30pm – $60 

 ‘Tis The Season (November 21st)
As we move further into the holiday season, you may be asking, what is the ultimate celebration wine? The answer: bubbles. It’s the perfect way to start or even finish a meal, and somehow seems to put a smile on everyone’s face.
FLOR, PROSECCO, NV
ANTICA FRATTA, FRANCIACORTA, NV
CIECK, SAN GIORGIO, 2013
SCACCIADIAVOLI, SAGRANTINO BRUT, NV
CLETO CHIARLI, LAMBRUSCO, NV

 Modern Style (November 28th)
Wine making has gone through immense changes over the years and people have found new and innovative way to produce, and in some cases even manipulate their wines. From particular oak usage to extreme extraction, we’ll cover what these mad scientists are doing.
RIVETTI & LAURO, CALIS, 2015
PRIMOSIC, CHARDONNAY, 2013
COSTA DI BRENTA, MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO, 2015
BUSSOLA, CA’  DEL LAITO, 2013
CAPEZZANA, CARMIGNANO, 2012

An Island of Conquest (December 5th)
While the popularity and talk of Silician wines has gone up within the past few years and become more of a niche wine, most of that talk centers around Mt. Etna. In this class, we’ll be exploring more of the less noted areas on the island and show that they deserve just as much of the spotlight.
FIRRIATO, ZIBIBBO, 2015
CALATRASI & MICCICHE, BELLA NOVA, 2013
CARUSO E MININI, NERO D’ AVOLA, 2015
BAGLIO DI GRISI, SYRAH, 2015
MANENTI, CERASUOLO DI VITTORIA, 2015

Unknown Umbrians (December 12th)
In the very center of Italy we have a small wine going region that is often overlooked and passed over; Umbria. With a closer look into this land-locked region, you will see just how amazing the wines of this forgotten region can be.
CAPRAI, GRECANTE, 2015
SPORTOLETTI, VILLA FIDELIA, 2014
BUSSOLETTI, NARNI ROSSO, 2016
COLSANTO, MONTEFALCO ROSSO, 2013
LEONUCCI, MONTIGNANELLO, 2013

Putting a Microscope to Chianti (December 20th)
Join us on a tour through Chianti and some of its most well-known producers. With an in depth look into the diverse terroir and winemaking techniques that you find within this small region, you will come out loving Chianti just as much as we do!
FELSINA, I SISTRI, 2014
CASTELL’ IN VILLA, SANGIOVESE ROSATO, 2016
BIBBIANO, CHIANTI CLASSICO, 2015
MONTERAPONI, CHIANTI CLASSICO, 2015
CASTELLO DEI RAMPOLLA CHIANTI CLASSICO, 2014

Italy’s Enforcers (December 26th)
From the mineral driven white wines of Campania to the intensely earthy wines of Puglia, we’ll be taking a look into the wines of the southern regions of Italy and taste some grapes indigenous to these areas that you’ve probably never even heard of.
CASA D’ AMBRA, ISCHIA BIANCO, 2016
CASTELLO MONACI, VERDECA, 2016
DU CROPIO SERRA SANGUIGNA, 2013
MASTROBERARDINO, REDIMORE, 2014
MUSTO CARMELITANO, SERRA DEL PRETE, 2012

Fresh Start (January 2nd)
With the start of the new year, no one wants to wait for their wines. This class is about styles that are meant to be drunk young. While they may not be very complex, they are ready and waiting for you any day of the week.
GIOVANNI ALMONDO, LE RIVE DEL BRICCO, 2016
GUADO AL TASSO, VERMENTINO, 2016
VIETTI, TRE VIGNE, 2015
CARUSO E MININI, NERO D’ AVOLA, 2015
IL POGGIONE, ROSSO DI MONTALCINO 2015

 The Undiscovered Depths of Piemonte (January 9th)
Everyone has heard of Nebbiolo, Barbara, and even Dolcetto coming out of the northwest region of Piemonte. Here, we’re taking a look at some under the radar grapes that show equal, if not better than, their counterparts.
ROAGNA, LANGHE BIANCO, 2015
MARIOTTO, TIMORASSO, 2013
VIETTI, VIVACE, 2015
BURLOTTO, PELAVERGA, 2016
BRAIDA, LIMONTE, 2014

Vain Venetians (January 16th)
From the soft decadent Soave, to the bold Valpolicella, to even the surprising international varieties, we’ll be taking a closer look into the Veneto and what these crazy Venetians are doing to their wines.
QUINTARELLI, CA DEL MERLO, BIANCO, 2016
INAMA, VIGNETI DI FOSCARINO, 2015
MONTE DEL FRA, BARDOLINO, 2016
BUSSOLA, CA’ DEL LAITO, 2013
MARION, VALPOLICELLA, 2012

The Most Widely Planted Grape in Italy (January 23rd)
That’s right, we’re talking Barbera! Often times overshadowed by Nebbiolo, Barbera can show amazingly well and vary from region to region on the palate, not to mention the producer’s stylistic choice. Join us in exploring the many faces of this hugely popular grape.
ODDERO, BARBERA D’ ALBA, 2013
LA MIRAJA, LE MASCHE, 2014
CAVALLOTTO, BARBERA D’ ALBA, 2013
PRUNOTTO, FIULOT, 2013
IULI, BARABBA, 2014

The Science and Art of Wine Pairing (January 30th)
Here we’ll take a bit of a look into a Sommelier’s everyday perspective as to how we actually pair wines with your food. It’s a delicate dance between acid, tannin, spice, and flavor profile that can often be tough to balance. Come in with food ideas as we discuss these pairings!
ANTICA FRATTA, FRANCIACORTA, NV
MALVIRA, ARNEIS, 2015
GRACI, ETNA BIANCO, 2016
GIUSEPPE CORTESE, LANGHE NEBBIOLO, 2014
LEONUCCI, MONTIGNANELLO, 2013

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Reservation Information

To make a reservation in a public wine class, please email vino@ottopizzeria.com or call the restaurant at 212.995.9559.  Please be advised that we do require a 4-guest minimum to hold all public wine classes. Should we be forced to cancel a class due to lack of participation, all guests will be provided with at least 24 hours advance notice.

Private Wine Classes

Private wine classes are available for groups of 8-30 guests. For more information, please contact our Group Dining team at groupdining@ottopizzeria.com

Further Questions
If you have any further questions, please email us at vino@ottopizzeria.com or call us at 212-995-9559.

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